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Sheila Newton By Sheila Newton, 5th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2.w_pqs8/
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Les Prairies de la Mer - Port Grimaud (La Golfe de St Tropez - La Côte d'Azur) -
An account of a week spent at the Prairies Caravan and Camping site just outside beautiful Port Grimaud in the Gulf of St Tropez on the Cote d'Azur. This was our little bit of rest and relaxation during a road trip to France.

Les Prairies de la Mer

Arriving at Les Prairies de la Mer holiday complex, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, we soon realised that this huge place was a veritable maze that you (we!) could easily get lost in - competely lost! It took me until the end of the week to get my bearing - and even then, I was sure which path to take.

Nevertheless, Les Prairies is a super complex with lots of attractions - lots to do. We wanted a week of relaxation with a smattering of sight-seeing thrown in - and that's what we got. Ah, bliss!

Twenty three years after our last visit here - when my son was only eight years old - we were amazed and delighted to find that it was as good as we remembered it. He'd been hankering after a return sojourn to this very campsite and although I'd agreed to come back, I'd said it might be a disappointment. But it wasn't. Not at all. Of course it had been updated and more things had been added like more food outlets on site, a live music venue more water sports etc..etc.. but unlike so many places, the look and feel was exactly how we remembered it from all those years ago.

We stayed in a super, spacious 6-berth caravan - our 'Little House on Les Prairies' The only problem was that there was no satellite TV. Not even in 2011! What? That was a disappointment for my son - but for me and my husband, well, we couldn't have cared less!

If you want to stay in the Gulf of St Tropez and not get ripped off, this is the only place to stay.

Port Grimaud - A 'Little Venice' on the Côte d'Azur

Enchanting Port Grimaud, with its colourful Provencal style houses built along a network of canals lined with yachts and cruisers, is often known as the Venice of Provence.

Situated at the foot of the Massif des Maures and only 3 miles from lively St Tropez and Sainte Maxime, it is well placed for exploring the countryside, beaches, vineyards and lovely villages of this beautiful region.Port Grimaud offers restaurants, bars and shops, a twice-weekly Provencal market and large supermarket all within fifteen minutes walking distance of Les Prairies de la Mer.

The day we visited Port Grimaud, it was the only 'poor' weather day. The wind whipped around our knees and ankles and the sea's surf covered us from head to toe. But we laughed all the way there and all the way back!

A thirty-minute round-trip walk around the bay of St Tropez, we found this 'Little Venice' to be charming, with an atmosphere of excitement. Walking along the canal-sides, wandering over the picturesque bridges, calling in at the quaint cafes and tourist shops - and checking out the stunning yachts at the bottom of the residents' gardens (!!), we were enthralled with the wonderful ambience of Port Grimaud.

It is the most significant construction of its style in the whole of the Meditteranean. All of the units in Port Grimaud, except very small 'apartements', have their own mooring. What a way to live that must be. Oh, to be a millionaire!

Port Grimaud's Marina

Port Grimaud has an excellent marina, looking across the Bay of Saint Tropez, protected from Wind form the East and the ”Mistral” from the West.

The marina was built on the sea, in the ilk of Venice. Walking around the brand new marina, there are statues of anchors and small but very pretty cactus gardens.

We loved it - so I wrote two verses of haiku to salute Port Grimaud and it's lovely marina.

A little Venice
in the Bay of St Tropez
What a paradise.

Littered with small boats
moored at the end of gardens
in a rich playground

The Sun, the Sand, the Sea - and the Beach Bars!

It was such fun - and so relaxing - to eat breakfasts of fresh croissants and Nutella (a favourite of the French) on the balcony of our luxury caravan, soaking in the first rays of sunshine in the early morning.

It was great fun wandering down to our favourite Beach Bar, the Beach Boys Bar, on the sands of the bay, munching pizza or croques monsieur or crepes to the sounds of reggae from Bob Marley and UB40!

It was wonderful, strolling along the white sandy bay, gazing at the mountain tops, staring with awe at the glaring blue sea of the Bay of St Tropez, watching paragliders as they sailed through the air over white luxury yachts.

It was a real taste of R & R, It was heaven.

The week went by all too quickly - and soon we were cleaning out the caravan with buckets and mops - all ready to travel north to our next port of call on the way back up to Calais.

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Bay Of St Tropez, Cote Dazur, France, French Holiday, French Holiday Accommodation, French Riviera, Port Grimaud

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Sheila what a wonderful trip y'all had. It is so nice to see a place after a lot of years and it not change much. With all that surrounding you, satellite TV is not wanted, that is for sure. Great writing and I just love the photos. As always thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Cheers Denise, my lovely friend.

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author avatar Retired
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Bonjour, mon ami Sheila! You look so JOYUESE sitting on that wonderful rock-de-Francais! Merci for sharing. :)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Merci beaucoup, Rama

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Belle post with lovely pictures.Nasmste and thak you for sharing experinces.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Namaste back atchya. Luv ya lots and lots.

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author avatar Buzz
6th Jan 2012 (#)

What a fantastique page again, my dear Sheila. Another great travel article under your belt. Cheers, my friend!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

You're the one who's fantastique, Buzz!

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Sheila, I can see why yoy called it heaven. What a wonderful holiday and how refreshing that it hadn't changed too much. Beaut pics too.
Re your comment on my article, SORRY, it has been hard to spend time reading with so much sunshine outside!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

You lucky duck!! 'Give me Sunshine' as Eric Morcambe used to sing!!!! Rmember him?

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author avatar Jules Castillo
6th Jan 2012 (#)

to me , this is a star page

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for the recommendation, Mr Cowboy.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello, Sheila: You look wonderful, the picture of health and beauty.
I was in England for the funeral of my dear brother recently and this recording,which was played at his funeral, brings back memories of him and the times spent in France.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0RlxpS_zik&feature=related. All reading this, please play the recording and say a prayer for Gordon (my brother).

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Sheila:
Your wonderful journey! Do you do the driving over there? Such a wonderful journey and you look the picture of health and beauty. In memory of my dear brother - please play this recording:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0RlxpS_zik&feature=related This was played at his funeral.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Beautiful video. I said a little prayer too. I'm really sorry you lost your brother. Don't know what I'd do if something happened to my sister, I so sympathise with you. Take care, lovely Ivy.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Jan 2012 (#)

No driving for me - I don't drive (what an admkission in this day and age!) And thank you for telling me I'm a picture of health and beauty. What a lovely compliment. Thank you, honey.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
7th Jan 2012 (#)

I should have added that the pianist is so much like Gordon, as he looked in his younger days. It is so heart-rending for me.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Must be awful for you, my dear friend.

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author avatar D in The Darling
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Sheila,
I was wondering about a couple of things. So, I thought of tagging along on this trip. it was worth it my friend.

You asked for new articles from me. Which one of the four new articles has tickles your taste buds?

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Eleven fifty seven was my very favourite of all 4 brilliant pages.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh thank you for sharing this lovely get away... you look so happy and beautiful by the sea in all that sunshine...your page made us all long to travel and see for ourselves this amazing part of the world...thanks Shelia:0)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Beautiful???? Oh, how nice of you my lovely Delicia.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Jan 2012 (#)

I'm green with envy. Great post, awesome pictures Sheila. Thank you.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Cheers, lovely Steve.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Alluring pictures.Thank you.
NAMASTE !

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Namaste to you too, Neeraj.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Ce'st bon.. est bon voyage!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Wish it was 'Bon Voyage' - I could just pack a bag and get off back to La Belle France!

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
8th Jan 2012 (#)

C'est bon!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh, how lovely to see your name on my comments, David. Thank you.

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author avatar johnnydod
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Ooh La La Sheila Great article and wow look art you...C'est magnifique Sorry I don't comment as much as I should but what with running a business and on top of that moderating I have very little time to myself.... I know I know not much of an apology.. for my absence, but please forgive me . I WILL try harder.
I still love ya xx

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh, I know you love me, johnny. Love ya too. Thanks for the comments. Don't worry. I'll just give you a little nudge now and then to my busy busy writing buddy, moderator etc. etc. etc.!!!!!

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author avatar Shaunak
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Great article and wow u look great! and such a nice description! it seems like we are there themselves

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Shaunak - thanks so much. Nice compliment too!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Shaunak - thanks so much. Nice compliment too!

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author avatar CLH
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Very nice article. :)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks CLH.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks CLH.

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author avatar Retired
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Yo sheila this is fantastique....a toute tres belle........vous avez ici quelque chose for decouvrir..oui mon cheri

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Quelque choses indeed, Shishir.

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author avatar ppruel
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I feel like I was there too touring the place. Fantastic photos. Thanks.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

pity you weren't. Then we might have bumped into one another!!

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author avatar Staibshine
11th Jan 2012 (#)

That sounds like a wonderful vacation. And I love the pictures!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks my friend. Have you stared following me? Now that would be lovely.

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Jan 2012 (#)

One of the finest write ups. You have ignited a wish to visit there

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Aw. thanks Madan.

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
11th Jan 2012 (#)

B - u - t eeee ful

Beautiful!!!!!!!!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Mar,

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Wonderful, loved the photos!
:-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks so much, Bridgitte.

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author avatar vpaulose
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Sorry dear Sheila. I am much put down because of poor response from Wiki. Please excuse. Thanks for your support. Sure I will follow you.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jan 2012 (#)

What poor response from Wiki? Do tell. I hope you haven't been messed around, my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for taking us along and making us feel part of your lovely, well deserved holiday, Sheila. And what photos too that you have shared with us - siva

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Siva. Lovely remarks.

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author avatar richardpeeej
17th Jan 2012 (#)

I do my best to keep up with you Sheila but you seem to have a very wonderful and hectic life mon amie..You are always so busy with one thing and another that is going on. I loved your pics what a stunning place...and such good weather too..Thank you for sharing and for showing us your travels.....

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author avatar Sheila Newton
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks so much for visiting me here, Richard. I really appreciate your candid comments.

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Happy days! I can almost feel the breeze, the sun, the beach and hear the seagulls. Great travel writing! Thanks Sheila.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
31st Jan 2012 (#)

Great travelogue with wonderful pictures. If I could fly, I'd be there this evening. Thanks for sharing this excellent piece.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
31st Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Hugo and GV Rama for your gorgeous comments. I'm chuffed!

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author avatar Songbird B
1st Feb 2012 (#)

What a wonderful a page this is Sheila, and I am a little surprised by the lack of a Star too, because it is such a wonderful article and the images are stunning! Am still trying to catch up so bear with me my friend..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for catching up with my road trip, Songbird.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Fabulous as any of your articles in this site; very informative and entertaining.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Fabulous as any of your articles in this site; very informative and entertaining.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks so much GV. Lovely to hear from you.

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